Editor’s Note: Republicans seem to have forgotten how little they cooperated with the Democrats during the Obama Administration. This is just a little reminder that expecting Democrats to now cooperate with Trump and his deplorable Congress in the destruction of the country is a breath-taking combination of hypocrisy and chutzpah.
Maybe It’s Just Karma
has taken the ‘fun’ out of ‘dysfunction.’”
Forced to justify their president’s increasingly unbalanced
behavior, supporters consistently blame Democrats and the media. The Right
considers opposition to Trump some sort of liberal apoplexy, because somehow
they’ve managed to convince themselves that they behaved admirably during the
Forced to justify their president’s increasingly unbalanced behavior, supporters consistently blame Democrats and the media. The Right considers opposition to Trump some sort of liberal apoplexy, because somehow they’ve managed to convince themselves that they behaved admirably during the Obama administration.
sort of thing endears a thrice-married adulterer and casino owner to Christian
conservatives, just as rejecting science warms the hearts of fundamentalists and
Republicans alike. Trump denies climate change, rejects the mission of the EPA
and has chosen the ex-CEO of world-class polluter Exxon Mobil to be his
secretary of state.
the campaign, Trump’s faux populism caused some on the Right to worry he
isn’t a true conservative, but, since the inauguration, everything he’s
advocated is strictly right-wing orthodoxy. His interest in income inequality
and those in the working class who don’t work in a coal mine has evaporated
with his “drain the swamp” pledge, as billionaires, Wall Street types and
his own family govern The Donald’s “banana republic.” As one Facebook meme
put it: “Electing a billionaire to hire other billionaires to fix the rigged
system that made them billionaires takes a special kind of stupid.”
always been hard to define conservatism. They claim to love less-intrusive,
smaller government and fiscal restraint, except, of course, as the
Reagan/Bush/Trump years have shown, during GOP administrations. Trump wants a
bigger military and a police state, and our $20 trillion deficit is projected to
swell to $30 trillion if he serves two terms.
Conservatives also pretend to revere the Constitution, but not if it gives Democrats the right to name Supreme Court judges. Otherwise, Merrick Garland, not Neil Gorsuch, would be in Antonin Scalia’s seat. And conservatives have hated that pesky First Amendment, with its freedom of the press, ever since it caused the honorable Richard Nixon to resign in disgrace. Trump considers a free press “the enemy of the American people” and any news he doesn’t like “fake news.” According to an “Economist” poll, 45% of Republicans now favor shutting down “biased” media outlets.
his performance, and that of his deplorable sycophants in Congress, we need to
be obsessed with the president. If that requires obstructionist liberal
apoplexy, then so be it.
Click here to return to the Mark Drought home page.